A Reflection on Teenagers’ Smoking in Iran

Document Type : Letter to the Editor


MD, Pediatric Nephrologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology, Dr. Sheikh Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.



Dear Editor-in-chief,
Smoking is a health-threatening factor. Of those who suffer from smoking, 90% begin during adolescence (10 to 19 years old). Awareness of smoking is not enough to prevent teenagers from experiencing it, and it is necessary to develop attitudes and skills to resist the temptation or offer to smoke. In addition to determining educational tools to prevent teenagers from consuming cigarettes and other tobacco products, it is necessary to investigate the conditions that lead to the acceptance of educated material, the effect of education, the permanence of the learned material in the minds of the audience, and the conformity of education with the cultural patterns of the target groups.